by Jodi Summersglobal-logistics

Here’s a reason to consider Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach Academy is offering a Global Logistics curriculum at Cabrillo High School. This visionary curriculum opens a new pathway to careers in international trade for young students in the city. What an easy way for the port to fill a need.

The four-year academy is conducted in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District. global-logistics-academy-logoCalled “linked learning,” the school brings together college prep academics, demanding technical education and work-based training opportunities that prepare students for success in college and giving them skills for the future.

Students will get a chance to learn how the port operates, understand its impact locally and around the world, and hear from guest speakers with first-hand knowledge of the global logistics industry.

In addition to workshops, career planning and portfolio development, students will take core courses in the areas of information technology, global logistics, accounting and international finance, and virtual enterprise.cabrillo-high-school-small


For students who want to pursue a career in global logistics, both Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach also have programs, so Cabrillo graduates may continue their education locally.

“To see what the Port of Long Beach is doing now in terms of offering a pathway to future work, it’s just overwhelming,” said John Meyer, president of the LBUSD Board of Education.

port-of-long-beachThe Port of Long Beach is an world example of superb port stewardship. The POLB continues to maintain a AA rating — its highest for U.S. ports. Fitch Ratings, one of the top three U.S. credit analysis agencies, — was warranted due to the Port’s strong market position, resilient, long-term revenues from Port tenants, and the Port’s robust ability to service its debt.

The Port of Long Beach is continually praised as the one of the best green seaports in the world.

“Our goal with the Academy is to inspire students to explore careers in the international trade and goods movement industry right in their backyard,” explains Board of Harbor Commissioners Vice President Lou Anne Bynum. “We’d like to thank the school district for teaming up to develop the Port leaders of the future.”a-20-foot-container-will-be-part-of-the-campus-copy

“The Port’s partnership with Cabrillo High School brings real-world lessons to our students,” stated LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “By working with major employers like the Port, we’re preparing more students for success in college and in high-paying, high-demand jobs. Thank you to the Port for supporting this important effort.”

The Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School, located in the vicinity of the harbor, is the Port’s newest effort to support education in Long Beach. In 2016,

global-logistics-academyThe Port awarded around $60,000 in scholarships to 40 students from Long Beach-area high schools, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Since 1993, the Port of Long Beach has awarded scholarships totaling $667,150 to 391 students pursuing careers in international trade and the goods movement industry. About 450 students will be part of the academy.

“Students in this neighborhood have grown up with the Port of Long Beach literally in their backyard, and now they have an opportunity to not only see it up close, but to learn the many opportunities it provides for them and their families,” said Duane Kenagy, interim CEO of the Port of Long Beach.

As you probably know, the Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.



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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers
SoCal Investment Real Estate Group
Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty’s legacy dates back to 1744. Respected as one of the world’s oldest and largest fine art auctioneers, Sotheby’s has a longstanding tradition of bringing together buyers and sellers of fine property. Today, Sotheby’s International Realty boasts nearly 13,000 sales associates, located in more than 660 offices in 49 countries and territories. Broker Jodi Summers is the founder of the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group, a top producing team with Sotheby’s International Realty in the Los Angeles area.

With more than $140,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group know finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. We are accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California, including Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

A New York native, Jodi grew up working in the family business – marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

The City of Santa Monica chose Jodi to be part of the prestigious 9-member Civic Working Group to analyze and offer feedback on the future of the 10.5-acre Santa Monica Civic Auditorium site. Additionally, Jodi is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Beverly Hills + Greater West Side Association of Realtors, Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club L.A., the American Solar Energy Society, Sierra Club, California Parks Association and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. She is currently the Communications Chair for the Ocean Park Association in Santa Monica, and a partner in Save the Civic – a community group involved with the City in the adaptive reuse of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and adjacent area.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California in the mid-’90s to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a hibiscus bush in her yard.

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